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June 09, 2006

PG Rating For Baptist-Backed Film

Scripps Howard News Service

The Motion Picture Association of America is crystal clear when it describes why its "PG" rating exists _ it's a warning flag.

"The theme of a PG-rated film may itself call for parental guidance," states the online explanation of the rating system. "There may be some profanity in these films. There may be some violence or brief nudity. ... The PG rating, suggesting parental guidance, is thus an alert for examination of a film by parents before deciding on its viewing by their children. Obviously such a line is difficult to draw."

Disagreements are a given. The Christian moviemakers behind a low-budget film called "Facing the Giants" were stunned when the MPAA pinned a PG rating on their gentle movie about a burned-out, depressed football coach whose life _ on and off the field _ takes a miraculous turn for the better.

"What the MPAA said is that the movie contained strong 'thematic elements' that might disturb some parents," said Kris Fuhr, vice president for marketing at Provident Films, which is owned by Sony Pictures. Provident plans to open the film next fall in 380 theaters nationwide with the help of Samuel Goldwyn Films, which has worked with indie movies like "The Squid and the Whale."

Which "thematic elements" earned this squeaky-clean movie its PG?

"Facing the Giants" is too evangelistic.

The MPAA, noted Fuhr, tends to offer cryptic explanations for its ratings. In this case, she was told that it "decided that the movie was heavily laden with messages from one religion and that this might offend people from other religions. It's important that they used the word 'proselytizing' when they talked about giving this movie a PG. ...

"It is kind of interesting that faith has joined that list of deadly sins that the MPAA board wants to warn parents to worry about."

Excerpted from Scripps Howard News Service. Click on title for rest of the article.


At 12:08 PM, Blogger Cindy Woods said...

This it the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.

It is in a way a form of censorship.

IF those who give movies their ratings are now rating on religious content, what is next?

If someone does not want to hear about the gospel message they have the choice to not see the movie.

For the rating group to give it a PG rating simply because they think the message is offensive, will they also rate movies of "other" religions in the same way?

Or is this just another biased against Christianity?

The good news is it just once again shows us we are indeed living in the last days.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger Bstermyster said...

Secular Humanism is a GODLESS religion that thinks that everyone needs to be protected from what they consider organized religion - which is only christianity in their eyes.

Liberals, the Media, and HOLLYWOOD are predominantly Secular Humanists, it should not be surprising YET it is.

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Cindy Woods said...

You know the more I think about this the more it irritates me.

To place a PG rating on this movie is the same as saying their are some vulgar words inappropriate for kids.

So basically they are saying talking about Jesus is profanity???? What does THAT say about the state of the world today?

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Super Hip GMa said...

This article really irritates me as well. Of course we do realize the state this world is in. The news we are seeing and reading is appalling, particularly in regards to sentences that have been handed out to child molesters and killers of these children.


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